Trading up in 2nd round? Kicker is, goes wrong every year
To be clear, the Bucs trading up for FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo could be a great move or a memorably bad decision.
But to give up a mid-round pick to trade up and take a player in the second round who ends up a bust? Wildly common these days, and reflective of what a crapshoot the NFL draft can be after the first round of talent is out of the way.
There are obviously success stories -- a few years back, the Bucs gave up a fourth-round pick to trade up 10 spots into the second round and take a guy named Lavonte David. That same draft, the Bears traded up five spots and got WR Alshon Jeffery in the second.
Sometimes, the success of a deal depends on how the other team drafts with their new picks -- when the Lions traded up for RB Mikel Leshoure in 2011, the deal included Seattle swapping fifth-round picks to move up four spots. That pick ended up being Richard Sherman, which makes Leshoure's limited success pretty trivial in evaluating the trade.
Toward that end, remember these names -- KeVarae Russell and Eric Murray -- they're the two cornerbacks drafted by the Chiefs with the picks acquired from the Bucs in the Aguayo deal.
So here are five names of draft prospects teams have traded up for in the second round of the previous five drafts -- you've already forgotten them because they were that bad, and ... they weren't kickers. Enjoy, not only as a warning for how easily draft picks can disappoint, but as a reminder that Aguayo would have to be really bad to be "the dumbest pick in the history of the draft."
CODY LATIMER, WR, Broncos, 2014: It's only been two years, but the Broncos gave up two fifth-rounders to move up seven spots to No. 56 in 2014, and Latimer has totaled eight catches for 81 yards and one touchdown in his two NFL seasons.
ARTHUR BROWN, LB, Ravens, 2013: Baltimore gave up a fifth and a sixth to move up six spots and take Brown at No. 56. In three years with the Ravens, he's had zero starts and 17 total tackles.
JEREL WORTHY, DT, Packers, 2012: Green Bay gave up a fourth to move up eight spots and take Worthy, who was gone after two seasons, 15 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
STEPHEN HILL, WR, Jets, 2012: To move up four spots, New York gave Seattle a fifth and seventh, but Hill was gone after just two seasons, with 45 catches and four touchdowns.
BEN IJALANA, OL, Colts, 2011: Indy gave up a fourth-rounder to move up four spots and take Ijalana, who played in just four games, with zero starts, in his NFL career.